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Saturday, August 18. 2007
Sorry about those Viking raids! Hey - I'm sorry to the Romans for the unkindess we Celts showed them when they
A bad case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Powerline. What's the cure? There is none known yet to medical science.
The Queen of New York City. Bill Buckley on Brooke Astor.
Does that include installation? Viking
Rebuilding New Orleans is ridiculous. Surber. I agree. Let it be a little tourist place that will disappear at any moment - which it will. It is Gatorville, masquerading as human habitation. Since when can you build on wetlands anyway?
Is vitality a central value? One Cosmos
Fred to Go Bold. RWNH . It will be interesting. I still like Rudy, but I like 'em all. Fred looks old for his age. Reagan was much older, but looked and acted vigorous.
Image: La Tene era Celtic warriors
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Bill Buckley's epistle on Brooke Astor was a wonderful piece.
I never knew a thing about her but have been reading Bill for 45 years. You get to call him Bill after 30 years even if you haven't met him, house rule.
His days are now the days of winter and on a day on the calendar when I read of his passing it it be with great great sadness.
Moyers had a little dribble of Kool-aid on his collar.
Re: Rebuilding New Orleans
(Jephnol comment on Surber) Well, I don’t give a flying fornication as to where people want to build their homes. Build a house in a swamp; build it on quicksand; just don’t look for a government bailout when you knew what you were getting into…
"immigrated to Britain, invaded Britain" Will etymological wonders never cease?
Er...I just had to hit the "Submit Comment" button. Forget about putting my info in the convenient little submission form.
On Bush Derangement Syndrome piece.
It has taken me a few minutes to recover from the outrage.
Delivered in the melodic, temder voice of Bill Moyers the chop job on Carl Rove was great stuff if you're a Bush hating Democrat or a maybe Republican. The hypocracy of Bill Moyers over the years is more cumulatively corrosive in his melodic way than acid thrown directly in your face.
Those of you younger than about 53 will have a dim memory, if any, of the 1964 presidential campaign pitting Barry Goldwater against LBJ.
Bill Moyers was the archetect of what was, and still is considered to be the most over-the-top political comeercial ever produced. It has become known as the Daisy Commercial and it speaks for itself. You cannot watch this commercial and ever again look at Bill Moyers as anything but a political hack to a president that was as bad as they come. If you think Bill Clinton was bad read Robert Caro's trilogy on LBJ and how people in Texas just disappeared along with the infamous ballot box #13.
Here is the Daisy Commercial from Utube
Bill Moyers is as cheap as they come.
I would encourage you to read the entire article to gain the full understanding of LBJ's duplicitous nature. This is just a sample. As I said Rober Caro's masterful trilogy on LBJ drove nails in his coffin and reputation faster than a nailgun could.
Texas Bandits: A Study of the 1948 Democratic Primary
After the "official" results were announced on Thursday, the real conspiracy began. Early on Friday, September 3, election officials in a little southern Mexican-American town, dominated by George Parr, announced that the returns they released earlier in the week were incorrect. Officials in Alice, said they found an additional 203 ballots in their "Box 13." Of these 203 ballots, 202 were for Johnson, leaving only one for Stevenson! Officials from another Parr-dominated county-Duval-also announced that they had some ballots that were not included in their tally from earlier in the week.(33) After these votes had been counted, LBJ had 87 more votes than Stevenson with a final tally of 494,191 to 494,104.
In my lifetime there have been five Democratic presidents.
If I saw, or had seen, any of the five on fire I would not piss on them to put it out.
RE: New Orleans.
A wasted place and certainly not worth rebuilding. If people want a New Orleans where it currently is then leave it as is and make it into a large fishcamp.
Otherwise move it up the Mississippi to higher ground and rename it New New Orleans.
Talk about a useless money pit where it is now..jeeez.
George Parr, AKA the "Duke of Duval" County. Yep, Caro got it right. I know, I'm rat cheer (right here) where it all started.
Is vitality a central value?
From that piece.
"He writes that "the individual journey begins when a person tears himself away from the state of aimlessness,"
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
There is your answer.
Actually, the Celts invaded Rome first - in 390 BC. I believe the Irish owe the Italians an apology (or maybe the Romanians).
All must apologize! It's the "nice" thing to do.
Meanwhile, we are all being invaded today by the unapologetic.
I have spent lots of verbiage on NOLA... most if it telling folks its a swamp. Finally wound up with a series of posts from geophysics (unconsolidated sediment with high water content acts as a viscous fluid, obvious but really...), to two, count them two, different plans on what to do next. The most I would want to try to save of NOLA is the old historic district. The rest turn into a National Monument to our Stupidity on what a city looks like that is built in the swamp.
I do cover such things as the atchafalya cut-off (which makes matters worse!) to the actual need for a trans-ship port at the mouth of the Mississippi no matter where it is. Also to start getting the population center away from the petro-pipeline complex and the trans-ship port so it doesn't serve as a terrorist three-fer.
All for LESS than rebuilding the place which is, unfortunately, sinking. I can give you good ways to spend taxpayer cash and still save some nostalgic bits and even, if we were ambitious, get a brand-new heavy industry going that would be something wanted on a global scale... but that would take a forward looking America, I believe, not a navel gazing, finger pointing one. We could really use that first kind of America, that second isn't doing so hot.
A couple of links out the verbiage.
Geophysics for the common man, Pt. 1: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2006/03/geophysics-for-common-man-pt1.html
The Ship of New Orleans:
A last thought on the subject: